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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 18609
Last updated: 23 December 2020
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Time:10:00 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic C150 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna F150M (Reims)
Owner/operator:Woodgate Air Services Ltd
Registration: G-BCTW
C/n / msn: F150-1170
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Strangford Lough, 3 miles South of Killy Leagh, Northern Ireland -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Newtownards (EGAD)
Destination airport:Newtownards (EGAD)
Investigating agency: AAIB
Badly damaged 12-04-1989 when overturned in a forced landing at Strangford Lough. Aircraft came down 3 miles South of Killy Leagh, County Down, Northern Ireland. According to the following extracts from the official AAIB report into the accident:

"The pilot was on a local area flight from Newtownards, and flying at 500 feet on a southerly heading over Strangford Lough. Whilst abeam of Killy Lough the aircraft descended to 300 feet. A short while later, the pilot applied full power and climbed back to 500 feet.

At the top of the climb, the engine power suddenly dropped, and the propeller rpm fell to 1200 rpm. The pilot therefore initiated the Forced Landing Drills, and transmitted a MAYDAY call to Belfast Harbour Airport. The pilot than began to look for a place to make an emergency forced landing. The first field selected proved to be unsuitable (waterlogged and too steep); the only available alternative was located in such a away that he would have to land width ways across the field, instead of length ways along it.

Deciding that the distance available in the selected field was insufficient for a normal landing, the pilot pushed the control column forward on touchdown in order to break the nose landing gear. The propeller dug into the soil and the aircraft turned over onto its back. There was no fire, and both of the occupants escaped without injury."

Damage sustained to airframe: Per the AAIB report "Damage beyond economical repair". As a result, the registration G-BCTW was cancelled as "destroyed" on 20-06-1989. Further damaged by flooding at Newtownards (EGAD) whilst in storage.


1. Air Britain: British Civil Aircraft Registers 1919 to 1999 (published 1999)
2. AAIB:
3. CAA:

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AAIB
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

17-May-2008 11:10 ASN archive Added
28-Sep-2011 06:46 Uli Elch Updated [Aircraft type, Cn, Location, Country, Phase, Nature, Source, Damage, Narrative]
10-Nov-2012 16:44 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
28-Jan-2016 11:43 Dr.John Smith Updated [Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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